The Namibian (Windhoek)

26 April 2013

Namibia: Data Collectors Protest Against NSA

ABOUT 200 data collectors hired by the Namibia Statistics Agency (NSA) are accusing the parastatal of sidelining them in a survey for the Ministry of Heath and the Global Fund.

They claim that the NSA advertised training opportunities for data collectors while they were in the field.

They also claim that, according to the rules, when someone takes part in the early stages of the research, they should automatically be included in the third phase.

They claim they were supposed to be involved in the third phase but the statistics agency is planning to bring in new people. The aggrieved data collectors have set up a committee to speak to the agency about their grievances, but they claim progress has been slow.

That was why they decided to contact the parastatal on Wednesday about their problems. However, no official was available to talk to them and they were warned not to talk to the media, or else face action.

NSA officials declined to talk to the media.

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